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Santa headed downtown on Dec. 6

Sykesville's Main Street Christmas celebration means enjoying the holidays like they used to be, according to Nicki Swann.

"It shows (people) the old-time, small town that still does things on a small-town level for the community," said Swann, coordinator for the event for the Sykesville Business Association.

The SBA, in cooperation with the Town of Sykesville, will host the annual Main Street Christmas Celebration 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Sykesville.

The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. when St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7538 Main St., opens to serve sandwiches and hot soup until 7:30 p.m. -- or until the food runs out, Swann said.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will ride into town on a fire truck to light the Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. at the Town House, 7547 Main St.

Starting at 6 p.m., children will also get to make reindeer cupcakes complete with pretzel sticks and gum drops at the Town House, said Ivy Wells, Main Street manager.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., Santa will listen to children's Christmas wishes and kids can also get their photo with St. Nick for free at the Red Caboose behind the Visitors Center on Oklahoma Avenue.

The S&P Railway will have its model trains on display starting at 1 p.m. and offer complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 7609 Main St., will have seasonal music, hot chocolate and cookies, Swann said.

"It's a nice evening, and it's free," noted SBA President Craig Taylor.

Most merchants will stay open later and serve refreshments, Swann said. A Likely Story Bookstore, 7566 Main St., will offer gift wrapping 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., she said. Proceeds from the gift wrapping goes to Neighbors in Need, a charity through Carroll County Human Services that helps provides gifts for needy families.

Earlier in the day, 2 to 4 p.m., children can make decorations at the Sykesville Historic Colored Schoolhouse, 518 Schoolhouse Road.

"We're going to make various Christmas decorations that would have been made during various times," said schoolhouse director Pat Greenwald.

Ornaments will be made out of recycled Christmas cards, pine cones, milkweed pods, red beads (made to look like cranberries) and paper chains, she said.

Parents can either join the fun at the house or drop off their kids while shopping in Sykesville, she said. The event is free, but children are asked to register by calling the Town House at 410-795-8959.

The following Saturday, Dec. 13, the Schoolhouse will host a Greens Workshop at 10 a.m. Adults can make wreaths or table decorations using live materials, such as branches and dried apples, Greenwald said.

That event is also free and is paid for by the Historic District Commission.

This week is also a good time to help spruce up the house for the Parks and Events Committee's Best Decorated Holiday House contest, Wells said. The committee will take to the streets of Sykesville on Monday, Dec. 15, and will select five winners and five honorable mentions for the best yard/house holiday display.

Winners will have a sign displayed in their yard to let the community know who's the best.

Very Merry Main Street

6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6

Main Street, Sykesville

Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck to light the town holiday tree at 6:15 p.m. at the Town House, 7547 Main St. Children can talk to Santa from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Red Caboose behind the Visitors Center on Oklahoma Avenue. Pictures are free.

The S&P Railway will have its model train displays open and offer free hot chocolate and coffee.

Other events

Children's Holiday Workshop

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6

Children ages 4 to 12 get to make holiday decorations from year's past.

Greens Workshop

10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13

Make wreaths and table decorations using live materials.

Both events are free and are at the Historic Colored Schoolhouse, 518 Schoolhouse Road.

To register, call the Town House at 410-795-8984.

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